To mark National Care Leavers week, our young care leavers wanted to step forward with their message “I’m a Care Leaver And…” campaign which aims to challenge perceptions as they call on people to see them beyond the ‘care leaver’ label.
With around 10,000 young people leaving care each year in England, often with limited support, this year our young care leavers want to shatter stereotypes and highlight the incredible achievements that are possible.
Throughout the week, our young care leavers will share what their most proud of across Break’s social media, whilst also highlighting the challenges that many care leavers can face.
Tomasz 21, a young care leaver who was part of the campaign said: "Being a care leaver does not mean we lack potential or ambition. We are capable of achieving great things if given the right opportunities. National Care Leavers Week is not just about raising awareness; it's about empowering us and giving us the opportunity to tell our stories.”
Wanting to help make a difference to young people who are leaving care, Tomasz will be sharing his daily tips on topics such as ‘You’re a care leaver AND you still have mountains of potential’ and “You’re a care leaver AND you can get an education.”
Jack and Richie also took to the streets of the city, and asked the public what they thought when they they hear the term "care leaver." Their goal was not only to educate people about the realities of being a care leaver but also t
Break CEO Rachel Cowdry said: “I’m really proud of all our care leavers and the incredible work they’ve done for this campaign. By challenging stereotypes and showcasing their achievements, they are proving that, with the right support, care leavers can overcome obstacles and achieve extraordinary things. Our young people are at the heart of what we do and we know that adult life is not always easy for care leavers. That’s why we have our lifelong offer. It means that we will always be there for them, ready to give them a helping hand towards a brighter future whenever they need it.”
Anyone can get involved with supporting our young care leavers. We’re always looking for dedicated people to become a volunteer mentor for a young person in or leaving care. Or you can support our work by making a regular donation which means we can continue to be there for them for as long as they need us.
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